Trump's loans from troubled German bank pose conflict of interest. “3 mo ago, Trump accused HRC of a conflict of interest with Bahrain Now Bahrain is hosting a party at Trump's hotel”. New stash of legal opinions detail hurdles for Trump on emoluments ban. Trump’s post-election tax subsidy: After he won the presidency, Trump got new approval for a massive tax subsidy for his luxury DC hotel. Office of Government Ethics lobs snark attack at Trump over business conflicts. A proposal for a real blind trust for Trump's fortune. Don’t be fooled: Donald Trump will never walk away from his businesses. Dave Jamieson on Donald Trump’s conflict of interest that no one’s talking about: A hotel mogul will now get to determine whether more workers get overtime pay.

Larry Buchanan and Karen Yourish on the array of conflicts of interest facing the Trump presidency. Nadja Popovich and Jan Diehm on Trump's conflicts of interest: A visual guide. The shamelessness is breathtaking, even by 2016 standards: House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) wants to investigate Clinton, not Trump.


How the tea party learned to love Donald Trump: Trump may not be a “true” conservative, but they hope he will listen more than establishment Republicans have. Behind "Make America Great," the Koch agenda returns with a vengeance. Trump’s Koch administration: Despite past clashes — and looming policy disputes — the Koch brothers’ operation has allies in key positions on Trump’s team. Donald Trump is betting that policy expertise doesn’t matter. Trump’s economic cabinet picks signal embrace of Wall Street elite. President Trump and the triumph of private capital: It’s beginning to smell a lot like oligarchy. Angus King: Trump's not draining swamp, he's adding alligators. Hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson: Trump “conned” voters. Supporters don’t really care if Trump drains the swamp.


Cristina Lafont (Northwestern): Should We Take the Human Out of Human Rights? Human Dignity in a Corporate World. Adrian Chen on the propaganda about Russian propaganda. With one phone call, Donald Trump might have upturned America's relationship with both Pakistan and India. Trump's call to Pakistan's prime minister would be hilarious, if everyone involved didn't have nukes. The Donald Trump-Pakistan saga is worse than you thought. David Cole on what James Comey did. The factory of fakes: Daniel Zalewski on how a workshop uses digital technology to craft perfect copies of imperilled art. From A to Z: Rebecca Rego Barry interviews Sidney E. Berger, author of The Dictionary of the Book: A Glossary for Book Collectors, Booksellers, Librarians, and Others.

Republicans suddenly discover that Obamacare repeal might not be so awesome, after all. Senate GOP tips its hand: An Obamacare replacement could be a long way off. Republicans can't replace Obamacare, but they might be able to coerce Democrats to do it for them (and more). The alternative to Obamacare is Obamacare: If Democrats play their cards right, they can save the Affordable Care Act or even set the stage for moving health care in a more progressive direction. "Don't touch my Medicare": Is the beloved program on its last legs? Memo to Medicare-focused Democrats: Please don't forget about Medicaid.


From Foreign Affairs, Michael O'Hanlon and David Petraeus on America’s awesome military — and how to make it even better. Trump turning away intelligence briefers since election win (and more). Will Donald Trump be the actual decider in his administration’s foreign policy? Pay close attention to U.S. relations with Russia, because it will be an excellent tell on who runs Trump's foreign policy. Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense. Meet Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis, Trump’s Iran hawk choice for secretary of defense. Trump may put 5 military officers in top posts — that’s unprecedented.

American military culture and civil-military relations today: Charlie Dunlap reviews How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales From the Pentagon by Rosa Brooks. Obama is leaving Trump the power to wage war almost anywhere. Some U.S. soldiers share extremely blunt thoughts on Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump.


How did Trump save Carrier jobs? Fear of losing federal contracts said to be key. An expert breaks down Trump’s Carrier deal: “Ineffective” and “very costly”. Why lots of people think Trump’s deal to save 1,000 Indiana jobs was a bad idea. Donald Trump and the Indiana Carrier factory, explained: A huge PR coup for the Trump Show that’s almost certainly economically irrelevant. Trump and the Carrier plant: Smart politics, unsustainable economics. The parts of the Carrier deal Trump doesn’t want to talk about. Bernie Sanders: Carrier just showed corporations how to beat Donald Trump. Trump suggests he followed through on Carrier deal just to save face. Trump is shocked that Carrier took him literally — that doesn’t bode well for his many promises.

Phil Mattingly thread: “In Ohio in advance of P-E Trump's visit and have been talking to folks-supporters and not-all AM/PM. Some Carrier observations”.

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